15 Sep 2021

Teen's death investigated but no evidence of link to vaccine - Chief Coroner

11:15 am on 15 September 2021

The chief coroner says there is no evidence an Auckland teenager's death is linked to their Covid-19 vaccination.

Chief Coroner Judge Deborah Marshall

The chief coroner said it did not appear that the teen's death in question was linked to the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine. Photo: RNZ / Claire Eastham-Farrelly

In a statement, Judge Deborah Marshall said so far only one death had been associated with the vaccine.

She said she was aware of "ongoing speculation" about the death of the teenager which was recently referred to the Coroner's Court.

"Based on the information available to date, it does not appear that the death in question is linked to the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine.

"However, this issue will be investigated carefully by the coroner and pertinent information will be requested from various agencies, including the Covid-19 Vaccination Independent Safety Monitoring Board.

"It could be a number of months before the final post-mortem report is received and all information relating to this death is obtained from relevant agencies."